To mark the Chinese New Year, Swiss luxury watch brand Blancpain is unveiling a new edition of its Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar model. The Blancpain Year of the Rabbit watch displays the main indications of the Chinese calendar on its dial, while its oscillating weight honours the New Year’s zodiac sign. This platinum watch is a 50-piece limited edition.
The Traditional Chinese Calendar is an exclusive timepiece developed by Blancpain. Its complexity is similar to that of the perpetual calendar and it is produced in the Grand Complications workshop of the Manufacture in Le Brassus.
This exceptional timepiece is based on the principles of Chinese tradition and its lunisolar calendar, which it combines with the Gregorian calendar. The white grand feu enamel dial features a chapter ring composed of gold appliques swept over by hands shaped like hollowed-out sage leaves.
The dates of the Gregorian calendar are indicated by a blued steel serpentine hand. They are painted in enamel, as is the main information of the Chinese calendar, i.e. the double hours, the day and month with the mention of the leap months, the signs of the zodiac, as well as the five elements and the ten celestial pillars. Moon phases are also represented.
Crafted from platinum and measuring 45 mm in diameter, the double-stepped case of the Traditional Chinese Calendar is faithful to the aesthetic of the Villeret collection. The famous Blancpain correctors are concealed beneath its lugs and can be activated by the simple touch of a finger.
Equipped with a sapphire caseback, the Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch houses the 3638 self-winding movement whose gold oscillating weight is engraved with the zodiac sign of the year 2023.
The new the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar (reference 00888K-3431-55B) is available in an individually numbered 50-piece limited edition.